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    Jak Sie Masz! trent from punchy's Avatar
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    I found a bike. It's now mine.

    There has been a bike in the deep deep basement of my work carpark for as long as I can remember.
    I've been there 7 years, and it hasn't moved in that time. I asked facilities about it, they knew nothing.
    I asked if I could have it, and eventually, they agreed.


    It's a jap import Honda CBR250RR. 1991. MC22.

    I was gonna rent a ute, but realised an uncle in law has one that gets bugger all useage, so I asked and Sunday was fine to use it.



    Go to the office, parked the Ute on L1, where we have a loading dock.
    I pushed the bike from B3, up one ramp, and that was a struggle. It weighs about 150kg and doesn't roll very easily, (either the bearings are bad or the brakes are sticky)
    But got up to B3 lifts, wasn't gonna push it up a few more levels, to put into the lift (just fit) and got off at B1.

    Now I didn't measure anything, nor did I have a long ramp to load it on. I thought, the loading dock has a pretty similar height to the ute, so why not roll it on.

    How wrong was I. The dock is way too high. The ute had about a 50cm drop to get to. I had one shortish ramp and nothing else. Gave it a go, and yeah, i dropped it. It got stuck after the front wheel, and was gonna end in tears. Pushed it up (harder than I thought) and pulled it back.
    Attempt 2. I found a long table top, that would make the approach angle doable. But it was sliding on the tray. Not gonna work.

    Using an old Gorilla loading trick, I used one of the level change ramps to back the ute onto, and the table top.
    An all mighty push (I couldn't get big speed as I didn't know if the table would hold the weight) and we were on.


    Phew. Big phew.
    I had a solid workout doing this.


    Had to get some new straps, 2 on the forks, one on the rear and she wasn't going anywhere.


    Getting it off at home wasn't too bad, I have a raised retaining wall edge thing that lined up very well with the side of the ute. Pushed it backwards, and then towards the garage.

    Had to give it a quick hose before anything else.


    ahhh that's better.


    Had to get an idea what we were working with.
    19k bro.


    Pulled off the side fairings, pretty easy.


    hoses generally look ok.



    Found the dipstick, and man, crystal clean oil.
    I'll change it anyway (once I find some) but there was plenty there and it was cleeean.


    Wheels and brakes look ok.
    Time to see how much is left.


    Getting thin.
    Maybe borderline.


    Tyres look good as new. A bit firm but I reckon they will be ok.


    Not having the original key meant I had to swap the ignition barrel and the tank lock. Ignition was pretty easy, 2 different sized hex screws, and an easy connector. The fuel cap, wow, nightmare. Doing research online the go was to call a locksmith or pick the lock. I have no lock picking tools, nor experience, so I drilled the fucker. Finally managed to get it off.

    Took the tank off, and drained the fuel and checked out the inside.



    Hmm pretty nasty, how clean should it be? I'm going to rotate a few litres of fuel through it.


    Took the seat off, and most of the forward fairings.


    Dem quads. Looks clean from here.


    Popped the new battery in. (silly terminals.)


    and we have power!



    all the lights work! bonus. i wasn't expecting every indicator and the headlights to power up fine, but they did just that.


    Hmm, the oil was clean. Everything else seems ok, we have fuel, (but it;s dirty), meh, let's see if she kicks over:

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    No kick, but she turns. I'm happy with that at this point.
    I was expecting a lot worse.
    I've ordered a new petcock (valve under the tank) will clean it out, swap plugs and try again




    Swapped that bent bar end too.
    Fresh.


    This is fun.
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    How do you know it's not stolen?
    Is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates backwards sentences saying how crazy it is?

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    7 year old rubber on a bike would be dangerous I would have thought? Nice find though.

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    I feel as if you should have done a $3.40 PPSR search before borrowing a ute...

    https://transact.ppsr.gov.au/ppsr/QuickVINSearch


    edit. I'd probably do another one in a few weeks to see if it's stolen then....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Orange View Post
    How do you know it's not stolen?
    I know where I work, and it searched clear on the PPSR.

    Yeah not sure about the rubber, will take it to a pro to check.
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    how you gunna register it ?
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    So that's where I parked my bike?!

    Dude, where's my bike?

    X2 on the how are you going to register it without rego papers/proof of ownership?

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    It's pretty easy. After 12months an abandoned vehicle is the property of the building manager. Building manager said I can have it. I'll get a letter from them, take it to the RMS with a blue slip and it's good to go.


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    Nice score if you can rego it.

    Loved how these things revved. A mate had one when we first got licenses. Was hardly ever ridden on the road, but went through about 6 rear tyres in his shed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    It's pretty easy. After 12months an abandoned vehicle is the property of the building manager. Building manager said I can have it. I'll get a letter from them, take it to the RMS with a blue slip and it's good to go.


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    Looked at this a while back, we found a datto/Ferrari looking thing with an inch of dirt on it. Surprisingly not too hard a process in Vic. Gave up when found out was a Datto

    Nice find
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    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    I know where I work, and it searched clear on the PPSR.
    Personally I'd just get a receipt from your mate. Anything out of the ordinary will blow the mind of the Muppet at the RMS and give you grief.

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    For the tank got a few options.

    Cheapo method is a few copper nuts and shit thrown in, fill it with vinegar and let it sit, swish the nuts around every now and then.

    Also Acetone will do the job.

    There are products specifically for it from Kreem and KBS but it's just expensive everyday chemicals.

    I now understand the facebook message lol. These things are fucking hilarious, they sound like they are doing Mach 10 but are doing 50kph.

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    Also my mate has left his Vrod in my garage for about a year now, I'm gonna claim that shit

    it's mabo I'll tell him.

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    For the money saved on purchase I'd be changing those tyres and while the wheels are out do the bearings. Fun bikes and bullet proof.

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    Do I bother trying to save the chain?
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    If it's not dry or stretched to buggery than yes
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    I agree with Rdyno

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    dry and a bit rusty.
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    if any of the links are seized then bin it, chains are cheap as nowdays. I'd use a china job no hesitation.

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    I briefly maintained one of these for my housemate many years ago.
    1 - they foul plugs at the drop of a hat, especially when you start it and rev it in the driveway to impress girls, but don't ride it.
    2 - Unlike every other 4 cylinder beam framed bike, you don't change the plugs from the top. Nope, found that one out after pulling the tank and airbox. No, you drop the fairings, unhook the rad mounts, and go in over the top.
    3 - The Plugs are expensive, and don't respond to cleaning after fouling.
    4 - The tyres will be utterly fucked after 7 years sitting. Bin them. I'm amazed they hold air.
    5 - The disc minimum thickness is 3.5 for the OEM rotors.
    6 - The fork seals will let go the first time you ride it - they're ancient and will be fucked.
    7 - Ditto the shock.
    8 - Don't fuckaround. Rebuild the brakes. Replace the brake lines.
    9 - The floats will be gummed to the bottom of the bowls - pull the carbs off, strip and rebuild.
    10 - Clean the tank with Phosphoric acid from bunnings. converts the rust, leaves a Iron Phosphate coating to prevent more rust.
    "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?" "Whats that?" "A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

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    Excellent list, thanks.
    Much appreciated.
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    Why can't I ever get free shit like this.

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    Such a cool looking thing
    #teamtremolo
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    +1 on cool find but replacing shit like tyres, brakes, brake lines, fork seals/suspension and thoroughly check the bearings and replace if needed. A free bike gets expensive in medical bills if it falls to bits when you take it out the first time.
    Hide yo' wife!!!

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    yup, over $600 in parts already, and it's not even running yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gammaboy View Post
    I briefly maintained one of these for my housemate many years ago.
    1 - they foul plugs at the drop of a hat, especially when you start it and rev it in the driveway to impress girls, but don't ride it.
    2 - Unlike every other 4 cylinder beam framed bike, you don't change the plugs from the top. Nope, found that one out after pulling the tank and airbox. No, you drop the fairings, unhook the rad mounts, and go in over the top.
    3 - The Plugs are expensive, and don't respond to cleaning after fouling.
    4 - The tyres will be utterly fucked after 7 years sitting. Bin them. I'm amazed they hold air.
    5 - The disc minimum thickness is 3.5 for the OEM rotors.
    6 - The fork seals will let go the first time you ride it - they're ancient and will be fucked.
    7 - Ditto the shock.
    8 - Don't fuckaround. Rebuild the brakes. Replace the brake lines.
    9 - The floats will be gummed to the bottom of the bowls - pull the carbs off, strip and rebuild.
    10 - Clean the tank with Phosphoric acid from bunnings. converts the rust, leaves a Iron Phosphate coating to prevent more rust.
    All of this. My wife has the same bike and had the same tyres on it from whenever she bought it near ten years ago. Nearly binned it into a fence on the second corner from home at 20km/hr. Straight to the shop and get fresh rubber stat, will transform the bike.

    Also make sure you keep it on a trickle charger at all times. As per Gamma's comment above they foul plugs by just looking at them which usually means extended cranking to start, which fouls the plugs more and then drains the battery. Most times I ride it I have to pull the seat and connect jumpers onto the ute to ensure it starts.

    Otherwise these things a are a deadset bucket of fun and can embarrass far more expensive machinery when ridden well. Downright excellent score for free even with the mechanical work needed to get it up to scratch and will top out at 190km/hr odd at 19k top gear
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    Quote Originally Posted by trent from punchy View Post
    yup, over $600 in parts already, and it's not even running yet.
    I'll give you $1000 for it as it sits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by <---cop View Post
    I'll give you $1000 for it as it sits.
    Nah, gotta get it running first.
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    It's one of those things - by sitting for the last 7+ years, it's avoided being thrashed and crashed to death by NWP-esque muppets, but by sitting for the last 7 years every bit of rubber will be fucked, it may have developed stuck rings, it may have picked up corrosion on the internals that aren't below the oil level... and looking at the rusted fasteners and furry alloy, corrosion is something it hasn't been short on!
    I never got on with my housemate's one - my knees didn't fit the tank cutouts, and my thumbs got trapped against the tank turning out of the drive way, and well, on the way to 19,000rpm i spent the whole time waiting for something to happen. Compared to my Mito, it felt soft and wallowy... I dunno, some guys love them though.
    "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?" "Whats that?" "A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

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    I crashed my old bike doing barely anything due to an old front tyre that "looked ok", only a week after getting the rear changed. Most expensive/painful $150 I ever saved.
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    Anyone want some good looking but old Pirelli Demon bike tyres?
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